Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

The Chicken

Special Screening, Ajyal at Katara

Neo Sora / Short Narrative / United States of America / 2020 / 14 min / Colour / DCP
In English, Japanese / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Drama
MENA Premiere


Hiro, a Japanese immigrant in New York City, decides to butcher a live chicken for dinner. While showing around his cousin Kei, who is visiting from Japan, they run into a medical emergency on the street, which they badly mishandle. As the day wears on, the results of Hiro and Kei’s small acts hint at the growing ways that their lives are witness to, or complicit in, the structural violence happening all around them.

About the Directors

Neo Sora is a filmmaker, artist, and translator based in New York and Tokyo. In 2015, Neo co-directed a documentary entitled ‘Ainu Neno an Ainu’ as one-third of the collective Lunch Bee House. Since then, he has directed, shot, and produced short narrative and documentary films, music videos, fashion spots, and a concert film. His artworks have been exhibited this year alongside artists such as Jean-Luc Godard at the Dojima River Biennale.


Neo Sora
Neo Sora
Albert Tholen, Jackson Segars, Jane JI
Albert Tholen
Production Designer
Jane JI
Bill Kirstein

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